Willis D. Hays
Willis D. Hays, 88, of Salina, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mr. Hays was born January 20, 1926 in Harlan, Kansas, the son of Ross and Katie (McClain) Hays.
Tech4/Staff Sergeant Hays served in the U.S. Army in WWII with the 271st Infantry Regiment, the 3704th Quartermaster Co, and the 69th Infantry Division, Rhineland, Central Europe. Additional service years were with Battery A 253rd AFA Bn., 6th Armored Div., Ft. Leonard Wood, MO during the Korean War. He was an American Legion Member, serving many years at the Gaylord Post. He worked for Kirwin-Webster Irrigation and the Frieling Grain Company in Gaylord. He was a member of the Mayflower E.U.B. church of rural Portis, KS and of Gaylord Nazarene Church.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Genevieve Hoverman, and two grandchildren, Carl Dean Ruhnke and Jon Louis Bigler.
Survivors include -
One son: Kevin Hays
Two daughters: Katherine Bigler and husband Louis
Susan Ruhnke and husband Jim
Seven grandchildren: Moriah Ruhnke
Jamie, Jessie, and Sean Bigler
Cade, Keegan and Konon Hays
Four great-grandchildren: Kaitlynn and Kylie Bigler
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 5th at the Nazarene Church, 806 Parker, Gaylord.
Burial will follow in the Gaylord Cemetery, Gaylord, Kansas.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina, Gaylord Nazarene Church, Village Bible Church, or the Charity of the donors choice, in care of Ryan Mortuary.